Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

Premier Health providers answers frequently asked questions about common hand and wrist conditions.

What is a tendon strain and how is it treated?

A strain occurs when a tendon is overextended or twisted, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). Wrists are one of the areas of a person’s body that are vulnerable to strains, according to the AAOS.

The first step in treating a strain is to reduce swelling through rest and/or icing the area, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). Exercise and gentle stretching is believed to be the best method for treating strains, as this helps to decrease stiffness and promote flexibility, states the NIH. Sometimes therapy is helpful in the rehabilitation of a strain.

Ask your doctor about tendon strains and what treatment options are available.

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Source: Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Krista Storms, OT, Premier Health

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